Kate Meyers: Kids have so much to teach us if we can just open our adult eyes and our overly frenetic brains and take it in.
I was reminded of this the other night while visiting my boyfriend in Alabama. His colleague came over with her 4 1/2-year-old twin boys. Adorable doesn't even begin to cover these two sprites, who were premature at birth and clocked in weighing a little over two pounds each.
One of the boys is still dealing with some very tough physical challenges: He wears a brace 23 hours a day to hold his spine straight, and he wears braces in his shoes because his feet curve so far out that there's almost no stable base from which he can balance. This did not stop him for a second. He joyfully ran around the place, helped set the table and enjoyed an hour-long jumping-off-the-bed session with his brother. No matter that it took every ounce of his bodily strength to get himself back on the bed, or that he couldn't jump nearly as far. He just kept going, with every flight emitting squeals of delight.
At the end of the evening, he hugged us goodbye and strategically snookered one more cookie than his brother for the ride home. I keep thinking about his spirit and I feel humbled. I know that that image of him clawing his way back onto the bed will stay with me for a long, long time.